Rarely

  • 1 rarely — rarely, seldom It is acceptable to say rarely if ever or seldom if ever but not (except informally) rarely ever or seldom ever: We rarely if ever go out / ☒ We rarely ever go out. In the second example, hardly ever or scarcely ever could be… …

    Modern English usage

  • 2 Rarely — Rare ly (r[^a]r l[y^]), adv. 1. In a rare manner or degree; seldom; not often; as, things rarely seen. [1913 Webster] 2. Finely; excellently; with rare skill. See 3d {Rare}, 2. [1913 Webster] The person who played so rarely on the flageolet. Sir… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 rarely — from RARE (Cf. rare) (adj.1) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 rarely — [adv] not often; exceptionally almost never, barely, extra, extraordinarily, extremely, finely, hardly, hardly ever, infrequently, little, notably, now and then, once in a while, once in blue moon*, on rare occasions, remarkably, scarcely ever,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 rarely — ► ADVERB ▪ not often; seldom …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 rarely — [rer′lē] adv. 1. infrequently; seldom 2. beautifully, skillfully, excellently, etc. 3. uncommonly; exceptionally …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 rarely — rare|ly W2 [ˈreəli US ˈrerli] adv not often ≠ ↑frequently ▪ She very rarely complains. ▪ This method is rarely used in modern laboratories. ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ WORD CHOICE: rarely, seldom, hardly, scarcely Rarely and seldom both mean not often . Seldom is… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 8 rarely — [[t]re͟ə(r)li[/t]] ♦♦♦ ADV BRD NEG: ADV before v, ADV with cl/group If something rarely happens, it does not happen very often. They battled against other Indian tribes, but rarely fought with the whites... I very rarely wear a raincoat because I …

    English dictionary

  • 9 rarely — adv. Rarely is used with these adjectives: ↑fatal, ↑used Rarely is used with these verbs: ↑appear, ↑cry, ↑encounter, ↑exceed, ↑feature, ↑grant, ↑impinge, ↑last, ↑match, ↑ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 10 rarely — rare|ly [ rerli ] adverb *** not often: a performance using rarely heard instruments from around the world My mother very rarely wears jewelry …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 rarely — adverb not often: She very rarely complains. | This method is rarely used in modern laboratories. see rare …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 rarely */*/*/ — UK [ˈreə(r)lɪ] / US [ˈrerlɪ] adverb not often a performance using rarely heard instruments from around the world My mother very rarely wears jewellery …

    English dictionary

  • 13 rarely — /rair lee/, adv. 1. on rare occasions; infrequently; seldom: I m rarely late for appointments. 2. exceptionally; in an unusual degree. 3. unusually or remarkably well; excellent. [1515 25; RARE1 + LY] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 14 rarely — adverb /reəli/ a) Not occurring at a regular interval; seldom; not often. We rarely go to the theatre. b) In a rare manner or degree …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 rarely — adverb we rarely leave the house in the winter Syn: seldom, infrequently, hardly ever, hardly, scarcely, not often; once in a while, now and then, occasionally; informal once in a blue moon Ant: often …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 rarely*/*/ — [ˈreəli] adv not often Ant: frequently My mother very rarely wears jewellery.[/ex] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 17 rarely — /ˈrɛəli/ (say rairlee) adverb 1. on rare occasions; infrequently; in few instances: he is rarely late. 2. exceptionally; in an unusual degree. 3. unusually or remarkably well; excellently …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 rarely — adverb Date: 1549 1. not often ; seldom 2. with rare skill ; excellently 3. in an extreme or exceptional manner …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 rarely — Synonyms and related words: abnormally, at infrequent intervals, exiguously, extremely, hardly, hardly ever, here and there, in places, in spots, incredibly, infrequently, little, meagerly, not often, piddlingly, scantily, scarcely, scarcely ever …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 rarely — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. unusually, on rare occasions, once in a Great while; see infrequently , seldom . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) adv. seldom, hardly ever, almost never, *once in a blue moon, once in awhile, infrequently, scarcely. ANT.:… …

    English dictionary for students